Thursday, September 14, 2006

It's Been A While

My reading and commenting time took a big drop off. I started a new job back on 8/14, and it's been pretty hectic. At least it challenging and stimulating, but like any company, it has its Dilbert moments, and clients will always be clients, and there's never enough resources, and ... oh, never mind.

So let's see, what else is up? Well, I'm still running. My EZ runs are fine, my long runs are fine (18 miles last Sunday), but my last 2 pace runs really sucked. I was starting to get really worried, but I think I have it figured out. The past two weeks have been bad for allergies here, and I think that's it. I'm able to do my slower runs without any problems, but I run out of gas on the faster ones after about 3 miles. I have another 8 mile pace run on Sat, and my allergies have cleared up enough that I should be able to do it.

What else. I went to DC a couple of weeks ago, and didn't get to run. That stunk. I took a car service from BWI to Tysons Corner, and it cost a whopping $110! That's nuts. Even though that's not out of my pocket, that's too much. The next day I took the Metro into town ($2.94), met friend for breakfast at Union Station, took some calls, then took the Amtrak to BWI ($33). That felt a lot better. Plus, I really wanted to get around on the Metro and Amtrak because that's what I plan to use when I come back for MCM.

Nothing to report on the racing front. I'm missing all my favorite races, because they'll really mess up my Sat morning pace runs, and I don't need any more obstacles! The Half is the weekend after MCM. Early registration ends tomorrow. I'm wondering if I should chance running it, or if I'll be too spent after MCM. Maybe I'll try volunteering for a change. I'll miss out on the cool long sleeved tech shirt though.

Jumping around to another topic, I got a great deal on shoes I want to pass on. Check out Running Warehouse. It may have just been luck, but I found my Brooks Beast there for only $92! No tax, and free 2 day shipping. It's $120 retail! If they had more, I would've stocked up, but they only had one pair.

2 more things before I sign off. One - do you think I have the most boring header around? Well, say no more, I stumbled upon Susan's new gig, and viola! a new header will be arriving soon at this site ...

Two - Happy #0th Birthday to my other Susan, big sis Sue! I'm guessing there might be a drop or two of wine spilt today! Cheers!

9 comments:

Susan said...

YAY! I'm running the half too! We'll have to meet up for some pictures!

Susan said...

oh, and check your email!

Deene said...

good to see a new post from you. good luck on the new job!

Anne said...

Glad to hear you're still alive and well...and running. It's been a tough summer for a lot of us. (And that cab fare is a big ouch!)

Running Jayhawk said...

Omg!! I LOOOOOOOOOOOOVE Tysons Corner!! I used to like about 3 miles from there in Vienna...

I am now officially jealous.

Keep up the running!!!

Rae said...

Love the new header!!! Welcome back!

Ginger Breadman said...

It's good to see you back in blogland. I think allergies are sent from mother nature to slow us down - maybe it's to prevent us from injuring ourselves with too much training. You're a true animal if you're going to do a half the weekend after a full. Maybe volunteers get shirts . . .

Josh said...

I'm with Ginger.. skip The Half. That is a lot to ask of your body.

Your speed may be slowing due to the increased mileage. Happens to me everytime my mileage goes up.

Love the new header!

Bex said...

Hey, glad to see you posting again. I came back from a 2-week+ hiatus myself. Let me know the next time you're in D.C. and we can go for a run! Btw, you're invited to the blogger dinner Jeanne and I are putting together the Friday night before MCM. I'll let you know the details once I work them out.